Your daily dose of true beauty advice…
Spiritual leaders must once again embrace the sufficiency of Scripture and call their people back to it. Individual Christians must covenant with God to be men and women of the Word, finding their resources there and applying them to every aspect of their lives. You’ll never know what the Word can do if you don’t study and apply it. It isn’t enough to simply say you believe it. It must occupy an exalted place in your life. Since God Himself exalts it and magnifies it (Ps. 138:2), how much more should we?
…Counseling and encouraging one another with the Bible has always played an important role in the church. That role wasn’t given to Christian psychologists or secular psychoanalysts. It was given to pastors and teachers, and through their careful proclamation and instruction, to spiritually gifted Christians whose lives are pure, whose knowledge of God’s Word is mature, and who are available channels of the Word, the Spirit and divine wisdom. Paul said to the Roman believers, “You…are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to admonish one another” (Rom. 15:14).
Each Christian is called to help, stimulate, and encourage one another within the body of Christ (Heb. 10:24-25). We must not allow neo-gnostic error to steal that ministry from those proficient in the Word and give it instead to professionals who adulterate it by mixing it with human wisdom and psychological theory.
~John MacArthur in Our Sufficiency in Christ